Transformation of the Day: Mariah lost 97 pounds. She wanted to be a healthy example for her family, so she committed herself to healthier living. Starting with small, straight forward changes, she pushed past the rough times and did the work even when she wasn’t feeling it. Check out her journey.
I’ve always been overweight. I have always struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. My mother and my younger sister quickly became my motivation. I saw that my family was not only unhealthy, but had really bad eating habits as well. I needed to make a change in my life, and I knew that change had to start with me taking action.
When I first began my journey, I weighed 265 pounds. I wanted to give up almost immediately, because I didn’t know how I’d let myself get to this point. There were days when I didn’t want to workout, when I didn’t want to eat right, but I got up and did it anyway to better my future.
I used to eat out everyday. I started by cutting carbs and cooking healthy with lots of lean meat and veggies. I stopped eating all fast food, fried foods, etc. I drank only water during my journey. I felt so much better after making these changes.
I began by walking 3 miles a day. After a month, I hit the gym almost everyday. I worked out 6 days a week, touching a different body part every three days, and then rotating the cycle again. It wasn’t easy, but I did it! I did a lot of cardio and weight lifting in order to firm up my skin. I ran on the treadmill, rode the bike, and used the elliptical and stair master machines. If I could burn calories doing it, I was there.
I currently weigh 168 pounds and my height is 5’4″. I still have a little ways to go, but I’m not giving up. My transformation took a total of one year.
My advice for others would be to keep going and never give up. Start small and gradually increase your workout. Put one foot in front of the other, and you will reach your full potential. If I can do it, so can everyone else. If you fall down, get back up.